Wildlife Photography Workshop Trip to ZooTampa

In a first of its kind workshop for the Polk Museum of Art, in conjunction with ZooTampa at Lowery Park, I am going to lead a photography workshop to ZooTampa on November 16th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. The best place to take great wildlife photos is not in the wild, but in your local zoo. Join us for this special opportunity to take closeup photos of wildlife while learning how to get the best results. You will learn how to adjust your camera for various lighting conditions, how to shoot around obstacles such as zoo enclosures/other tourist and how to make your photos look like they were not taken in a zoo. Click HERE for more information.

These are a few photos I took from my last trip to ZooTampa at Lowery Park this summer.

These are a few photos I took from my last trip to ZooTampa at Lowery Park this summer.

Wildlife Photography

A few weeks ago I decided to buy the Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 Art lens as my 50th birthday present to myself. This lens is used for wildlife because you can reach out can get close to the animals without getting disturbing them. These are a few of the photo I recently took at ZooTampa and Lake Morton in Lakeland. More of my wildlife photos are found HERE.

Photograph by Gregory Mills of a Tiger at ZooTampa

Photograph by Gregory Mills of a Tiger at ZooTampa

Photograph of a Bald Eagle at ZooTampa by Gregory Mills

Photograph of a Bald Eagle at ZooTampa by Gregory Mills

Orangutans at ZooTampa photographed by Gregory Mills

Orangutans at ZooTampa photographed by Gregory Mills

Disaster Struck

For my 50th birthday my parents and I went to St Augustine, FL for a couple days. Right before my was about to leave, the focus motor in my Nikon D800E stopped working. I was going to have to send it in for repairs when I got back. That meant I could only take one camera body and I normally shoot with two (one with an ultra-wide angle lens and one with a telephoto lens). While in St Augustine I bumped into a door frame and broke my Nikon D800. The lens was OK but the eyepiece housing was ripped off. That was two camera bodies down in three days. Both my D800s are 7 years old so I decided to bite the bullet and buy a new 45.7MP Nikon D850. It is a great camera and I am learning to use it now. You should see more posts from me now as I test out the new camera and learn to use it now before I have to under pressure during an event. Check back periodically to see the new photos.

One of my newest photos take with the Nikon D850

One of my newest photos take with the Nikon D850